Symposium They Printed It!

21.11.2015, 10:30-17:00
Symposium They Printed It!
Freier Eintritt
German
Week

Kunsthalle Zürich
Limmatstrasse 270
CH-8005 Zürich

Tel: +41 (0) 44 272 15 15
Fax: +41 (0) 44 272 18 88

info@kunsthallezurich.ch

Throughout the 20the century, artists have used invitation cards, ads, posters and even press releases as artistic media to expand their practice, to question and subvert art and the art world, and as means for self-marketing. Since those materials were cheap to produce and meant for short-term circulation the resulting works weren’t understood as art for a long time. Only recently art history and a number of art institutions started to recognize the key meaning of this practice - and its possible market value. Simultaneously, printed matter is increasingly being replaced by digital media. This full-day symposium accompanying Kunsthalle Zürich's exhibition They Printed It! reflects the lesser known history of artistic ephemera, attempts a contemporary inventory, and discusses how an at times nostalgic relationship to printed material impacts the collection and exhibition policies of art institutions. Artists, curators, art historians and collectors debate the art of communicating and publishing, including the tensions between art, (self-) marketing and critique at stake in the field of ephemera since the 1960s.

Organized by Barbara Preisig (Art Historian, Zurich) in collaboration with Simon Baier (Art Historian / Lecturer Institute for Art History, University of Zurich), Daniel Baumann (Director Kunsthalle Zürich), Michael Birchall (Art Historian and Curator, Berlin / Lecturer Postgraduate Programme in Curating, Zurich School of Visual Arts), Martin Jaeggi (Critic and Curator / Lecturer, Bachelor Media & Art, Zurich University of the Arts), Julia Moritz (Curator Theory and Programs Kunsthalle Zürich), Marianne Mueller (Artist / Head of Specialization Photography, Bachelor of Arts in Media & Art, Zurich University of the Arts), Dorothee Richter (Curator, Author, Film-maker / Head of Postgraduate Programme in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts), Christoph Schifferli (Collector, Zurich), Maja Wismer (Art Historian and Curator, Basel).

The symposium introduces the exhibition They Printed It! Invitation cards, press releases, inserts and other forms of artistic (self-) marketing

Program (participants info see "biography" below):

10.30–11.00am Daniel Baumann and Julia Moritz: Welcome and introduction

11.00am–12.00pm Barbara Preisig: Communicating productively, consuming critically. Outreach economies in advertising and conceptual art in the 1960s

12.00pm–1.00pm Christoph Schifferli talks to Lynn Kost (Curator Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur) about his collection and some works in the exhibition

1.00–2.00pm Lunch break: Soup at Kunsthalle

2.00–3.00pm David Platzker (Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art, New York): Some Printed Stuff

3.00–4.00pm Michael Riedel (Artist, Frankfurt a. M.) talks to Daniel Baumann about his art practice and some works in the exhibition

Participants:

Simon Baier (Art Historian / Lecturer Institute for Art History, University of Zurich): Seminar with art history students in and about the exhibition

Daniel Baumann (Director Kunsthalle Zürich): Curator of the exhibition

Michael Birchall (Art Historian and Curator, Berlin / Lecturer Postgraduate Programme in Curating, Zurich School of Visual Arts): Seminar with curating students in and about the exhibition

Martin Jaeggi (Critic and Curator / Lecturer, Bachelor Media & Art, Zurich University of the Arts): Seminar with art students in and about the exhibition

Lynn Kost (Curator Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur)

Julia Moritz (Curator Theory and Programs Kunsthalle Zürich): Co-curating and coordination of the theory, education and events program of the exhibition

Marianne Mueller (Artist / Head of Specialization Photography, Bachelor of Arts in Media & Art, Zurich University of the Arts): Seminar with art students in and about the exhibition

David Platzker (Kurator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Barbara Preisig (Art Historian, Zurich): Guest curator of the symposium, dissertation on American conceptual art ephemera in the 1960s and 1970s

Dorothee Richter (Curator, Author, Film-maker / Head of Postgraduate Programme in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts): Editions project with curating students

Michael Riedel (Artist, Frankfurt a. M.)

Christoph Schifferli (Collector, Zurich): exhibition loans, concept for online archive of They Printed It!

Maja Wismer (Art Historian and Curator, Basel): Guest editor of On Curating for a special edition on They Printed It!

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  • Invitation cards, press releases, inserts and other forms of artistic (self-) marketing